Stemming the Tide of Herdsmen Attack

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It is stating the obvious that the country is now under the siege of herdsmen and bandits, making life unbearable for Nigerians.

The urgent need to address the menace of herdsmen was re-echoed by the first lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari during a visit to victims of banditry attack taking refuge in Dakin Baki, Katsina city.

In the same vein, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, accused herdsmen of assaulting and raping women in some communities.

In a related development, women in Ondo State recently invaded the Palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, declaring that the state was no longer safe, as gunmen had surrounded its forests and bushes.

They lamented that bandits armed with all kinds of weapons molested, maimed, raped and even destroyed their farmlands and livestock.

One of them, a seventy two year-old woman was allegedly raped by some suspected herdsmen on her farmland at Ore, Ondo state.

In the past few months, the phenomenon of herdsmen in military uniform waylaying travelers on the highways, dragging them into the bush and subjecting them to rape, butchery and carnage has been a daily occurrence.

Reacting to the tense situation in the South-West following the herdsmen’s latest round of atrocities, Secretary-General of the Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, Dr Kunle Olajide, accused security agencies of aiding and abetting the criminals.

He noted that, one thousand one hundred and twenty three cells had reportedly being built inside the thick forests across Yorubaland.

Titilayo Kupoliyi

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